Ingredient spotlight: The skincare benefits of apricot kernel during cancer treatment

Having recently discussed one of our favourite skincare ingredients, calendula, we wanted to elaborate on another natural oil that we frequently add to our skincare products. Apricot kernel oil has been carefully chosen for its skincare benefits, especially when it comes to the side effects of cancer treatment. Individually, each ingredient that we include in our skincare products has great merit and purpose. Together that purpose is supercharged for optimal benefit. 

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What is apricot kernel?

Apricot kernel oil, also known as peach kernel oil, is expressed from the kernels of the fruit of the prunus armeniaca tree. It has similar properties to almond oil, which is also extracted from fruit.

What are the healing properties of apricot kernels?

Apricot kernel oil is known for its skincare benefits. It's extremely gentle but also nourishes skin deeply, making it a popular feature in natural skincare products and especially beneficial for skin care during cancer treatment.

Key attributes include:

  • Improves skin tone
  • Maintains skin's softness and radiance
  • Nourishes the skin
  • Reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
  • Has antiseptic, antibacterial, and antioxidant effects which can help with blemishes
  • Helps protect against environmental damage

As a result it's often used topically and in skincare products to help:

  • Nourish dry and sensitive skin
  • Address premature signs of ageing caused by cancer treatment
  • Reduce itchiness and irritation
  • Restore skin health
  • Gently nurture sensitive skin

Which Beauty Despite Cancer products contain apricot kernel?

Apricot kernel oil features in a number of our skincare products for cancer patients, particularly those designed to promote healing, nourish and reduce irritation during or after chemotherapy and radiotherapy.

Defiant Beauty Serum

The Defiant Beauty Serum is a fragrance-free oil that adds a nourishing and luxurious element to your daily skincare routine during and after cancer treatment. It's gentle and easy to use, with anti-aging, rejuvenating and moisturising properties.

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Defiant Beauty Intensive Serum

Our Intensive Serum is a targeted treatment for areas of concern, such as lines and dark circles, which can be caused or exacerbated by cancer treatment. Again, it is designed for skin as it undergoes and recovers from chemotherapy treatment. It's gentle, making it ideal for sensitive skin, whilst also being deeply restorative.

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Defiant Beauty Itchy Skin Oil

Itchy skin is a common side effect of cancer treatment, particularly chemotherapy. Our Itchy Skin Oil has been formulated as a targeted treatment for itchiness, moisturising tight skin it's easily absorbed and you only need a small amount to make a difference.

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